Mac's All-Star TV Series Master List

The world's best TV series from the 50s till today. Emphasis on drama, a lot of BBC materials to shore stuff up with some quiry highlights from American shows.
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1.
Murder One (1995 TV Series)
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Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully... (60 mins.)
 
2.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
3.
MI-5 (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. (60 mins.)
 
4.
Magnum, P.I. (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator. (48 mins.)
 
5.
The Prisoner (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape. (50 mins.)
 
6.
The Saint (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Simon Templar, a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around the world in his yellow Volvo. (50 mins.)
 
7.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
8.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. (46 mins.)
 
9.
Prime Suspect (1991 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. (207 mins.)
 
10.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
11.
Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history. (720 mins.)
 
12.
Foyle's War (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war. (90 mins.)
 
13.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented. (45 mins.)
 
14.
Primeval (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When strange anomalies in time start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team have to help track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past. (60 mins.)
 
15.
Person of Interest (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery. (43 mins.)
 
16.
Suits (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers. (44 mins.)
 
17.
White Collar (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman. (40 mins.)
 
18.
The Equalizer (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A retired intelligence agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds. (60 mins.)
 
19.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
 
20.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
America's top fake news show. (22 mins.)
 
21.
QI (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The third "Law and Order" series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view. (60 mins.)
 
23.
SCTV Network (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Comedy parody about TV. (90 mins.)
 
24.
Highlander (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Duncan MacLeod is Immortal, and must live in modern society, concealing his true nature while fighting other Immortals. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Portlandia (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. (22 mins.)
 
26.
The Newsroom (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. (55 mins.)
 
27.
Zen (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy. (270 mins.)
 
28.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
29.
The Last Ship (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population. (60 mins.)